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Rhythm boxes, Part IIby Bradley Sowash The last column introduced placing Xs in "rhythm boxes" to represent well-known tunes. Here are more ideas to enhance rhythmic understanding by teaching with this versatile tool.  Rhythm box activities Start by making and printing blank tables like those below. Then, try these activities with yo...
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Rhythm Boxes, Part 1

When asked to teach a music course to undergraduate dance majors, I soon realized that decoding written rhythms does not come easily to non-musicians. For these students, writing Xs in "rhythm boxes" was easier to understand than learning to read music notation. Later, I transferred the idea to my books and lessons, providing music students an...
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